School is in session: Your guide to school bus safety

It’s back-to-school season, and as students across the country gear up for a new year, they’ll rely on a trusted vehicle to get them to class.

School buses, especially those powered by propane-autogas, are an excellent choice to keep students safe every day, meeting rigorous motor vehicle safety standards. Propane buses also operate noticeably quieter than diesel buses, allowing the bus driver to focus better, keeping students safer.

However, bus stops can be hectic places in the mornings and afternoons. With that in mind, here are a few basic guidelines parents can teach their children to stay safe every school day.

Getting ready for school

  • When preparing for the school day, ensure loose drawstrings, chains, or other dangling objects are removed from your child’s clothing, coats, and bags. These can snag on seats or cause tripping hazards.
  • Make sure your child leaves home on time so they can walk to the bus stop and arrive before the bus is due. If late, do not run after or in front of a bus, as this is dangerous and can lead to injury.

Walking to the bus stop

  • Walk your child to the bus stop or have children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers, and groups will be easier for drivers to see.
  • Practice good pedestrian behavior. Walk on the sidewalk, and if there is no sidewalk, stay out of the street.

At the bus stop

  • Wait in a location where you are visible to the driver as they make their way down the street.
  • Playing with balls or other toys that could roll into the street is dangerous. Avoid these items when waiting for the bus to arrive.

Getting on and off the bus

  • Warn children that if they drop something getting on or off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow their instructions.
  • Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.
  • If you meet your child after school, wait on the side where they will exit — not across the street. This prevents your child from running through any traffic to get to you.

These tips will help ensure your child starts the year on the right foot and has a safe trip to school every day. For more information on propane-autogas buses and school bus safety, visit www.propane.com.  

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